HIGHT TO RACE OFFICIALS - 'SPRAY THE DAMN TRACK!'
Funny Car No. 1 qualifier Robert Hight didn't mince words in his Saturday evening press conference at the NHRA Winternationals.
"Spray the damn track," Hight said.
Hight said incremental timings in his Q-3 qualifying attempt would have likely resulted in a low 3.83 or 3.84-second run, but the combination of a bump in the track and lack of glue resulted in an aborted run.
"The numbers to the 330 were really good," Hight explained. "But we hit the bump and not a lot of spray out there. It came loose. These tracks aren't going to get fixed. One way to mask some of these problems is through glue."
Only one of the 17 drivers who attempted to qualify in the final session made it to the finish line under power. Jack Beckman ran a 3.900, 330.23 to climb from No. 11 to second quickest of the event.
Hight secured his 61st No. 1 qualifier while coasting to an 8.028 elapsed time at only 84.52 miles per hour.
"You saw lots of good dragster runs," Hight said. "The Funny Cars we need a little better track prep. When you run at the back when [NHRA] is spraying 50/50, there's not much glue left there. Gotta do a better job because what it is all about is putting on a show for the fans.
"That's what we need to be doing a better job of."